The 7 Secret Habits of Highly Effective Shoppers

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You need a strategy to shop


Most people are mindless shoppers and don’t really have a strategy beyond writing a shopping list. Well, these 7 tips are going to improve the way you shop for groceries, clothes, electronics, or any other items in your day to day life.


  1. They make a list of what you already have



You probably know that you should make a list of the items you need to purchase before you go to the supermarket, clothing store or run any errands. But sometimes, when you are in the store, you get distracted by all the options available to you and start thinking that you may also need this item and that service. So, at the end of the day, even with a list, you may leave with items you don’t need.


If this is a problem you have, in addition to writing your regular shopping list, also write a list of all the items you already have in your home. Why? Well, it serves as a constant reminder of what you don’t need to buy!


  1. They prioritise items on the shopping list



If you are going shopping for unessential items like clothes or even furniture, then always make your list in order of priority. So, the ‘must-have’ necessity items should go in one column, and the ‘extra’ items should go in another column.  


However, you should be honest with yourself as to why something is in the ‘must-have’ list. For instance, do you really need a new pair of socks because most of your socks are torn and worn out? Or is it because you saw a cute pair you like? If it’s the latter, then ‘a pair of socks’ should be listed in your ‘extra’ column.


  1. They compare prices before buying



While you may have your brand favourites, it never hurts to look at the prices of other brands that sell the item. However, in a supermarket, you have a limited number of options for a specific item. For instance, if you are shopping for flour than you may only find Azam, Britannia, and some other imported brand at your local grocery store. Luckily, you can always find a larger variety of brands and items online on platforms like ZoomTanzania. Not only can you compare prices between brands, but also across multiple businesses and sellers.


  1. They buy wholesale for non-perishable goods



If you know you buy ketchup every week, then why not buy it in bulk from a wholesale seller rather than continue  buying it at the higher retail price? Not only do you save money, but you also reduce your shopping list.


  1. They don’t shop trends



One of the main ways people waste their money is by buying things that they won’t use a month from now. While there is nothing wrong with trying something new, an effective shopper will only experiment with items that ‘make sense’ to their lifestyle and habits. For instance, if you know that you do not wear high heels then buying the 6-inch platform heels just because you see it on Instagram is a bad idea – especially if they are expensive!


  1. They ask for deals and negotiate



Ok, negotiating is something that many Tanzanians are good at, and one of the advantages of specifically shopping for goods and services online is that many sellers don’t have fixed prices and are willing to negotiate. However, even if you are shopping for items at a store always try and get a deal price or something extra if you buy a lot of items. It never hurts to ask and bargain a little – especially if you are a loyal customer.


  1. They shop online



While the majority of Tanzanians still do most of their shopping by visiting physical stores, the most effective shoppers save both time and money searching for products and services online and then visiting stores if they can’t find what they are looking for on the internet. You see, online shopping allows you to buy goods and services at your convenience, anytime during the day. You also don’t have to deal with the hassle of parking fees, traffic, hot weather, crowded stores, and other inconveniences that going to a store may create.


Need it? Zoom it!


For people living in Tanzania, one of the most effective ways to shop is through the online platform ZoomTanzania. You can find almost anything you need, including a house to rent, meat, beauty products, shoes, mobile phones, and car parts. So start applying the 7 tips you just learned on the leading online marketplace in Tanzania, and you’ll surely be a much happier shopper!

Iman Lipumba
A digital storyteller, experienced in creating content that improves website visibility on search engines, enhances the user experience, and nurtures brand loyalty. With a background in the social sciences, an expert in researching complex ideas, and communicating them in engaging language to multiple audiences.